A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TAROT
Tarot cards have been around for centuries, believe it or not, with the first known tarot card deck traced back to Italy in the 1400s! Originally they weren't intended for use in a 'mystic' capacity but actually as a card game, usually created for wealthy families. They became more artistic and were usually hand painted.
They were first used as a divination tool in the late 1700s and became known as an 'occult' tool. Occult actually means hidden or secret.
Tarot decks today are available in a huge range of designs and each reader has a preferred deck. I use the traditional Rider Waite deck currently but have used several others over the years.